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Name:Cantilever Pillbox, NE corner of Rochford Airfield
SMR Number:20730
Type of record:Monument
Grid Reference:TQ 875 897
Map Sheet:TQ88NE


"Cantilever" Pillbox

Full description

Aerial photographs taken in May 1946 and August 1947 show a “cantilever” pillbox standing between the perimeter track and the railway line at the NE corner of Rochford Airfield. Although 1960 aerial photographs show it surviving at that time, subsequent aerial photographs from 1970 onwards show no sign of it. <1> <2> <3> <4>

Although the photographic evidence suggests the demolition of the pillbox in the 1960’s, it is possible that it may in fact have been buried beneath mounded soil and grass around the end of the runway. It has not been possible to access the site and confirmation of its demolition or burial has not therefore been possible.

<1> RAF, 1946, 106G-UK 1496-4363 (AP). SEX63486.

<2> RAF, 1947, CPE-UK 2226-5561 (AP). SEX63494.

<3> Hunting Surveys Limited, 1960, Run 34-152 (AP). SEX63522.

<4> Hunting Surveys Limited, 1970, Run 87-0969 (AP). SEX63496.

Monument Types

  • PILLBOX (CANTILEVERED) (WWII, Modern - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Protected Status

  • Historic Environment Character Area: Thames Gateway 88
  • Historic Environment Character Area: Rochford 8
  • Historic Environment Character Zone: Thames Gateway 88_1
  • Historic Environment Character Zone: Rochford 17

Sources and further reading

<1>AP: RAF. 1946. 106G-UK 1496-4363.
<2>AP: RAF. 1947. CPE-UK 2226-5561.
<3>AP: Hunting Surveys Limited. 1960. Run 34-152.
<4>AP: Hunting Surveys Limited. 1970. Run 87-0969.